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Researchers from Australia's Charles Sturt University examined the genetic diversity of Paterson's curse, Echium plantagineum, to work out how it was introduced into Australia. As they describe in PLOS One, the researchers sampled E. plantagineum from the Iberian Peninsula, which is part of its native range as well as from the UK where it is not native and Australia where it is an invasive weed.

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Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.

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